In North Africa, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Co. has signed a $250 million contract with GE, to provide advanced grid solutions technologies to substations located in Mostathmereen, Beni Suef Industrial, Ismailia East and Temay Alemdeed.
According to the US-based firm, this contract is part of the Protocol of Cooperation signed during the French Presidential visit to Egypt, highlighting the importance of this project to Egypt’s energy sector.
His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and His Excellency President François Hollande, were present at the signing between the two countries to further support Egypt’s economic, industrial and infrastructural development.
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These four gas-insulated substations (GIS) will help connect 7GW of power to the national grid, the equivalent to the electricity needs of more than 6.5 million Egyptian homes, the global digital industrial company said in a statement.
The firm added that this move will be crucial to reinforce Egypt’s network during periods of peak demand.
The GIS technologies will be manufactured and assembled in France, making up 50 of the total project scope.
The project is being executed in a consortium with Rowad Modern Engineering, a leading Egyptian contractor, for the construction work of the substations.
The project is expected to facilitate job creation, with an estimated 50 permanent jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs during the implementation and construction phase.
The first phase, which includes the Mostathmereen substation, will be connected to the grid within six months; and the remaining three substations will be completed by the end of 2017, GE explained in a statement.
H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, said: “Egypt’s generation capacity has significantly increased over the last two years, additionally we’re moving towards a more diversified energy mix which drives us to find ways to boost the efficiency and stability of Egypt’s national grid.
“Through GE’s advanced technological solutions, we will be able to better manage and transmit power nationwide.”
As part of the contract, GE will also supply a digital data protection system, network management system and telecommunication technologies, which will help connect the substations to the National Energy Control Centre and improve the network’s stability.
Ayman Khattab, President and CEO for GE North East Africa said: “We are proud to continue our 30-year partnership with EETC by providing our latest grid technologies to help meet Egypt’s continuing and growing energy needs in a more efficient way.
“We are keen to support the government’s initiatives in the energy sector in both generation and transmission, in order to offer a more stable supply of electricity to Egyptian homes.”